Daniel began working at SMRU in 2014 and currently manages the mapping and geographic information system (GIS) components of the malaria elimination task force (METF) and tuberculosis projects at SMRU. He is trained as an anthropologist and a spatial demographer, earning his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. He does both field and computational work and he specializes in geographic information science (GIScience), GIS, and statistical analysis.
His dissertation work focused on migration and malaria epidemiology among border populations along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Some of his previous research has focused on the distribution and spread of drug resistant malaria; on historical tuberculosis mortality; on dengue fever dynamics in relation to meteorological factors; and on the household ecology and microdemography of subsistence farmers.
His current main research interest lies in the interactions between human population movements and disease ecology, with implications for individual risks of infection, dispersal of pathogens, and designing spatially optimized health care services. He also enjoys providing GIS and spatial analytic training for people from a wide array of backgrounds.
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